Avatar (2009) has always been my favourite sci-fi movie due to its incredible vehicle and environmental designs.
Now that I gained some experience with 3D design and 3D printing, I was able to recreate the gunship just under a week! I had a busy year, yet i still had many supports for my channel, the file of this c-21 gunship will be free before Jan 2023, as a token of my gratitude for your support. I hope you like this kind of videos, subscribe for upcoming projects!
I finally started working on my trumpeter 1/700 Enterprise, this time i decided to video log the build. I will probably divide the build into 4 videos: island, hull+hangar, paint, accessories (AA guns, air wings) + sea base, and when i finish a video, it will be updated here. You can also follow me on twitter or youtube for more frequent updates.
This will be my first carrier model, and i intend to give my best on this legendary ship!
Conclusion: This is by far the most difficult build i’ve done so far. Started 24-Oct-2020, slightly surreal to me it’s finally finished! Despite the difficulties, i really enjoyed the build, and the result far exceeded my expectations. I’m super thankful that nothing went wrong during the painting process, if i damaged the model beyond repair i might be devastated XD.
And I must say Takao class does look very amazing and menacing, and the blue from the ocean really brings it to life! I also must mention that I learned a lot from Studio Blue Ocean (YouTube), whom inspired me to put more effort into ocean base, I spend a week on it with multiple layers, really like how it turned out, the vivid blue is very satisfying to look at in person.
Also i know the scout planes are supposed to be scouting haha, i just find the model looks more complete with the aircrafts.
About the kit: Fujimi kit’s has always been up there, although details are not as sharp as those on the newer tooled 1/700 ships (flyhawk, veryfire etc.), but it does provide a very solid foundation for improvements. Also anyone wishes to build a 1937 Takao (1st refit) could use this kit, because other than some minor details, i did pretty much built a 1937 Takao.
Known mistakes i’ve made:
Hull panel lines are not accurate
didn’t use the corret PE for bridge window
possibly many incorrect vent placements on deck, i merely replaced the kit’s moulded vents
Wake pattern isn’t realistic
Despite the mistakes, i’m still very proud of the result. This build has the most detailing work i’ve ever done. The introduction to 3D printing has showed me many possibilities, i look forward to using it more on future builds.
I want to quickly talk about 3D printing, when the build was about 80% completed, i purchased a 3D printer. I got quite distracted on learning all sorts of 3D modeling and how to work the printer itself. And spend a quite a few sleepless nights worrying about the print. 3D printer is such an amazing tool for modellers, for 1/700 ships, it can provide almost everything, given that you spend enough hours in 3D modeling software. i found that even with this budget printer, i was able to achieve aftermarket level parts. The biggest issue is layer lines, however they only become significantly visible with a macro lens.
But I really don’t want to give off the wrong impression that 3D printing makes everything easier, from my experience, printing is the easy part, the hard part is measurement, alignment and 3D modelling. I used Blender3D, i sunk a good 20 hours in learning and tutorials before i started producing actual result, and component like the turret took me at least 2 hour to make. Compare that to making the model which is less than 30minutes. The benefit really is the long run, i calculated my modelling spending from 2019 and 2020, other than tools and shipping, i spend $800AUD on model kits, but $1000AUD on aftermarkets parts. 3D printer should save quite alot especially these tiny parts consumes resin slowly.
Now continue with the build – The bridge:
Results so far:
I decide to take some nice photos of her before painting, i almost wish i could keep it that way! This is one of the most rewarding moments of 1/700 scale modeling, just look at all the work you done and claim the satisfaction!
End of part 2 of the build, part 3 will be painting the ship and riggings, i hope to finish this build within a month!
In my opinion, Takao class is the best looking heavy cruiser from ww2 era, very iconic, so Takao class has always been on my must build list, when I saw this Fujimi Chokai kit on sale I immediately grabbed it. It was only after I realized there was no comprehensive PE sets for this ship (Among the 4 sister ships, flyhawk left her out….).
The massive bridge is pretty complicated, after getting used to building destroyers and the Tenryu in 2020, which had tiny bridges, this was a change of pace for sure. Here I can only roughly describe what i did, because i keep adding little bits and pieces onto it without documenting it too well.
That’s all for part 1. It’s already a pretty long post, perhaps i need to do 3 parts for this build. Part 2 will probably focus on the hangars and turrets, and part 3 will be painting and rigging.
1/700 IJN Tenryu 1926 complete! WW1 era light crusiers are my favorite ships especially those with triple or quadriple funnels. They are often sleek like destroyers but much longer, reminds me of those long and narrow fish. The Hasegawa kit depicted Tenryu after her modernization in WW2, i had to make some light modification to revert her into the 1926 configuration, which is the one i like better and same as World of Warship Tenryu. The ingame Tenryu provided good references for the rigging, as real photos of the ship’s rigging was very unclear and invisible most of the time.
Initially i wanted to quickly finish the kit and move on to the next build, the PE set from the kit looked minimal. But i paid more and more attention as the build went on, and i’m glad i did because every extra modification really make a difference in a simple looking ship like this. In conclusion, i think this was a successful model project, i used some newly learned techniques and conquered the fear of using metal riggings.